Freudian Slip Fare Basis Codes

Cranky Flier used to work in revenue management for America West (which has since acquired USAirways and took their name). He points to the fare basis code for a USAirways one-way B fare codeshare from LAX to Sydney. Hint: it’s not family friendly.


He speculates that this one was inadvertant, though I do occasionally see fare basis codes designed to telegraph competitive intentions or otherwise send messages to competing carriers (the occasional ‘FU’ in the up to eight letter designation). In this case, the fare Cranky Flier refers to is likely not sending a message… just a funny confluence of designators.

I verified this myself, pulling up one-way USAirways fares using the KVS Availability Tool:

    [KVS Availability Tool 2.8.5/Platinum – Sabre: Fares/ZUJ/SG/USD]



    LAX Los Angeles Int’l CA US [KLAX]

    SYD Sydney Kingsford Smith NS AU [YSSY]

    OW Jul-Jun



    US LAX SYD 1038 USD BLOWQE

    US LAX SYD 1199 USD BKOWQE

    US LAX SYD 1389 USD BLOWHE

    US LAX SYD 1576 USD BHOWQE

    US LAX SYD 1599 USD BKOWHE

    US LAX SYD 1641 USD BLOWME

    US LAX SYD 1895 USD BKOWME

    US LAX SYD 2030 USD BHOWHE

    US LAX SYD 2082 USD BLOW

    US LAX SYD 2305 USD BHOWME

    US LAX SYD 2348 USD BKOW

    US LAX SYD 2802 USD BHOW

    US LAX SYD 3998 USD YOX

    US LAX SYD 4186 USD Y

    US LAX SYD 9141 USD COX

    US LAX SYD 10491 USD C

    US LAX SYD 12386 USD FOX

    US LAX SYD 12851 USD F

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